42 DiversityInc Top 50 Companies Score a 100 in HRC's Corporate Equality Index
The average rating of DiversityInc Top 50 companies exceeds 98 (out of 100) in the HRC's annual report on LGBT equality in corporate America.
The Human Rights Campaign has released its 2015 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), which measures LGBT-inclusive policies among some of the nation's largest employers using credible, fact-based criteria.
DiversityInc Top 50 companies continue to outperform previous years and the Fortune 500 average on the CEI.
In order to qualify for The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list, a company must offer same-gender partner benefits in states that do not recognize same-gender marriages. In order to qualify for DiversityInc's Top 10 Companies for LGBT Employees list, a company must have a 100 percent ranking on the CEI.
A total of 42 DiversityInc Top 50 companies (84 percent) scored a perfect 100 on the CEI—up from 41 (82 percent) last year—and the average CEI score of companies in the Top 50 increased from 97.7 to 98.4. In addition, DiversityInc's 25 Noteworthy Companies averaged a 97.0 rating with 18 perfect 100 scores, both improvements from 2014 (92.0, 16).
In comparison, 150 of the 306 Fortune 500 companies that submitted a CEI survey (49 percent) scored a perfect 100, with an average score of 86.
The DiversityInc Top 50 companies scoring a 100 were:
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation (No. 1)
Sodexo (No. 2)
EY (No. 3)
Kaiser Permanente (No. 4)
PricewaterhouseCoopers (No. 5)
MasterCard (No. 6)
Procter & Gamble (No. 7)
Prudential Financial (No. 8)
Johnson & Johnson (No. 9)
AT&T (No. 10)
Deloitte (No. 11)
Accenture (No. 12)
Merck & Co. (No. 14)
Cummins (No. 15)
Marriott International (No. 16)
Wells Fargo (No. 17)
Aetna (No. 19)
General Mills (No. 20)
KPMG (No. 21)
Target (No. 22)
IBM (No. 23)
ADP (No. 24)
New York Life (No. 25)
BASF (No. 26)
Eli Lilly and Company (No. 27)
Northrop Grumman (No. 28)
WellPoint (No. 29)
Kellogg Company (No. 31)
Dell (No. 32)
The Walt Disney Company (No. 34)
Kraft Foods Group (No. 35)
TIAA-CREF (No. 36)
Toyota Motor North America (No. 38)
Wyndham Worldwide (No. 39)
Medtronic (No. 41)
Time Warner (No. 42)
Comcast (No. 44)
TD Bank (No. 45)
Monsanto (No. 46)
KeyCorp (No. 47)
Nielsen (No. 50)
DiversityInc 25 Noteworthy Companies scoring a 100 were:
The Hartford Financial Services Group
MassMutual Financial Group
Nissan North America
Time Warner Cable
In order to earn a perfect 100 rating and a designation as one of the "Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality," companies must:
- Prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation (15 points);
• Prohibit discrimination based on gender identity or expression (15 points);
• Offer partner health/medical insurance (15 points);
• Have parity across other "soft" benefits for partners (10 points, half-credit possible);
• Offer transgender-inclusive health-insurance coverage (10 points);
• Have firm-wide organizational LGBT competency programs (10 points);
• Have employer-supported employee resource group (ERG) OR firm-wide diversity council (10 points, half-credit if the company would support an ERG if employees express interest);
• Positively engage the external LGBT community (15 points, partial credit given for fewer than three efforts).
In addition, companies have 25 points deducted from their score if a large-scale official or public anti-LGBT "blemish" appears on their recent record.
In all, a record 366 businesses achieved a 100 percent rating, up from 304 a year ago.
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The bigot resigned with no apology Sharice Davids.
Republican precinct committeeman Michael Kalny of Shawnee sent a Facebook message about Democratic congressional candidate Sharice Davids, who is running against incumbent Republican U.S. Rep Kevin Yoder for the 3rd congressional district seat in Kansas.
Emily's List posted on Twitter in response: "This racist, homophobic language is totally unacceptable. We're proud to stand with her & to help elect her." They've since promoted her, and another Native American candidate Deb Haaland of New Mexico.
A Kansas GOP official called @sharicedavids a “radical socialist kick boxing lesbian Indian" who would "be sent back packing to the reservation." This racist, homophobic language is totally unacceptable. We're proud to stand with her & to help elect her. https://t.co/j7OuenwiHs
— EMILY's List (@emilyslist) October 10, 2018
Davids responded that the message "doesn't represent Kansas values, and it doesn't represent the values of the Republicans we know, many who support this campaign."
On Wednesday, Kalny resigned. "He reflected an apologetic attitude and didn't want to bring negative attention on the party or candidates running in this area," Johnson County Republican Party Chairman Mike Jones said.No word on an official apology from Kalny to Davids yet. The hateful message was sent to Anne Pritchett, president of the Johnson County Democratic Women's north chapter, who had posted "hostile" messages on candidate Yoder's page in this fiery election race.
Davids, a LGBT lawyer and amateur mixed-martial arts fighter, could become the first ever openly gay member of the Kansas Congressional delegation, if she wins, as well as the first female Native American lawmaker in Washington.
Kalny, when questioned about his message by local media, said he needed to talk to his attorney and hung up the phone.
He also resigned from his position on the board of directors for the Kansas City Barbecue Society citing "personal reasons."
C.J. Grover, a spokesman for Yoder, denounced Kalny's comments:
"Kevin (Yoder) doesn't believe this type of rhetoric is appropriate at all. It's unacceptable," Grover said. "These kind of nasty personal attacks are all too prevalent in politics these days, and it needs to stop."
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